Hey All -
Had a few quick questions since transistioning to the Aruba line, have 4 IAP-225s in service spread across two floors in approx 3000 sq ft of space (2 on 1st floor, 2 on second floor - ceiling mounted)
It appear the min power level is set to 18 and max level is set to "Max" by default - with those settings I get the following:
Note the utilization across both 2.4 and 5.0GHz
I have client match enabled but it doesn't seem to be balancing the clients all that well since the clients are near all 4 access points.
Any suggestions for optimizing the configuration?
With adjusted power settings.
Thanks - out of curioisity, I was previously informed to enable 80Mhz (to increase WiFi speed for connected clients - all 4 APs are connected to a switch with a 1Gig by 1 Gig fiber connection.
Is the 80MHz causing the utilization issue?
Contention is greatest at the wifi layer, so if you do not reduce contention, you will not get anywhere near wired speeds.
What are the risks of setting min and max Tx power too far, for example 3 and 24 dBm? Theoretically APs will sense their power each other and ARM will do its job. If there is interference between them they will reduce their power and if not they will increase their power.
Di you get any further infomration on this? as per documentation that shoud be the case, why would power settings need to be adjusted manually
Channel or Power Assignment
The channel or power assignment feature automatically assigns channel and power settings for all the IAPs in the network according to changes in the RF environment. This feature automates many setup tasks during network installation and the ongoing operations when RF conditions change.
ARM works pretty well for most deployments, specially for selecting the optimal RF channel, always taking into account that does this on a per AP basis, that is, it selects the optimal channel for the AP's environment without taking into account the others AP's environment (which doesn't happen with AirMatch and MM in ArubaOS 8).
For adjusting the power that's not the case, since when you take an AP out of the box, it will radiate a min. transmit power of 18 dBm (which is high) and a max. transmit power according to the regulatory domain (this is the case of an Instant AP). This doesn't take into account your environment or if you are designing a capacity-based design, for example. In addition, this setting is the same for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, which will not favour band steering. To solve this adjust the transmit power according to best practices and your requirements. The following are general guidelines taken from the "RF and Roaming Optimization for Aruba 802.11ac Networks VRD":
Note that your are not setting a fix power for each band but a power range of 3 dB, and here is where ARM kicks in and will adjust your power based on the environment and the rest of your WLAN.
thank you Julian for the clarification
I am wondering about a similar issue I am having with my AP's.
I have AP's that are getting 80 clients from AP's that are 80'-90' away even when I have AP's placed 15' away.
I have ARM set to balance and my transmit power is set for min-9 and max-12.
Just wondering if I should have my power changed? Trying to cover rooms about 30'x30' but also a gym that is 100'x100' and an auditorium that is 100'x100'
Well, How do i set different power settings Min and max EIRP separately for 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz?
Well, it is easy, just go to RF>Radio and check Customize ARM power range for both bands, and set the transmit power (right side of below image):
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